R. J. Ellory

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (22 of 24)
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Shame [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Fassbender
Shame [DVD] DVD ~ Michael Fassbender
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak..., 19 Oct 2012
I have to say that I struggled with this film. I am not a fan of this kind of bleak and harsh vignette where the story itself is buried beneath the performances and the 'shock factor' of the subject matter. This is one of those films where the viewer is invited to create some kind of internal commentary as a good deal of what goes on is really inside the characters' heads. Fassbender, as always, gives a mighty performance, almost like Patrick Bateman without the sociopathically violent tendencies, but he is just as absent, just as shallow, just as superficial as a human being. This is a story of sex addiction, no less an addiction than heroin or alcohol, but the consequences, at least… Read more
Candy [2006] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Heath Ledger
Candy [2006] [DVD] DVD ~ Heath Ledger
The really stand-out aspect of this excellently-scripted and acted film is Abbie Cornish's performance. Ledger is great, but Cornish is searingly brilliant as Candy. This is a tough film, and - as a portrayal of the desperation and futility of drug addiction - it is uncomfortably close-to-the-bone. Divided into three acts, called 'Heaven', 'Earth' and 'Hell' respectively, it is not without its redemptive qualities, but it is a heavy-going film, and not for those who like fairytale depictions of such subject matter. Alongside Ledger and Cornish, Geoffrey Rush adds a certain whimsical humour to his role as a drug-dependent organic chemist and academic, and Abbie's parents are also played… Read more
Hard Candy [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Patrick Wilson
Hard Candy [DVD] DVD ~ Patrick Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and brilliant!, 16 Oct 2012
A searing performance from both Page and Wilson. Brilliantly scripted. A real edge-of-the-seat thriller, and thoroughly enjoyable despite the very dark subject matter! Definitely one to be watched again.